Ahead of Saturday's match against the player's former club Southampton, the Frenchman has reiterated that the England international will move into the centre in the futureArsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reiterated that he believes Theo Walcott will develop into a striker.
|The Dossier: Walcott can be false nine
However, while the 23-year-old has become a key player for the Gunners in a wide position, he is yet to be given a consistent run by Wenger in the centre.
Comparing Walcott to fellow Southampton academy graduate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, the Arsenal boss told the club's official website: "They are a different style. I believe that Walcott is more of a striker-type and Oxlade-Chamberlain is a more midfielder-type.
"You could see Oxlade-Chamberlain developing into a central midfielder but you could never with Walcott. I see Walcott developing through the middle as a striker and Chamberlain maybe as a central midfielder."
|WALCOTT QUICK OUT OF THE BLOCKS?|
|6/1||Theo Walcott is 6/1 to score first against Southampton with bet 365|
"First of all it is [down to] fantastic scouting and they have a good development and coaching programme with young players," he said.
"They started that earlier than anyone else. They have a good reputation with their youth."
As well as Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain, Tottenham star Gareth Bale and current Saints skipper Adam Lallana began their careers at St Mary's.